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Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life


The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

Power Washing in Residentplatz Square

Salzburg FountainSalzburg – Residentplaz Square

“the Residenzbrunnen. This biggest Baroque fountain of Central Europe was built between 1656 and 1661 under the rule of Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun. The material used is marble from Mount Untersberg. The artists in charge were Tommaso di Garona and Antonio Dario.”

Below- View Two as we walked around but you can’t see the equipment- I Iike the photo better as it shows more of the location and the passerby checking out what it happening to the fountain.

Residentplatz Square SalzburgHere you can see the Salzburger Dom cathedral

Larimer School Revisted

Didn’t someone just post about beauty in decay?

I know photographers who go into abandoned buildings and take some striking images. Usually with a friend to spot.

Me? I took these from my car window.

Haunting views of Mayview Mental Hospital come to mind, a documentary video created by a wonderful teacher I had at Manchester Craftsmen’s GuildJill Wiggins.

I returned to Larimer school where my friend Joan used to teach. You might remember the initial post. 

Here is what I saw this time.   Clearly there is something happening on site.  Just now sure what.

Larimer School

Larimer School doors

pile of tires

clearing out junk





Pittsburgh Autumn in a Bright Light

Yesterday I photographed a few scenes in the drizzly rain. I posted Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light.

Today it was bright and so I returned to the same spots. You can’t see how windy it was.

Thinking about how light affects the mood, color and feel of a photograph.

carrie Furnace and autumn leaves

Carrie Furnace in a bright light today


Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks

homestead smokestacks bright

homestead stacks autumnYesterday in the dull light.   The overcast day seems to make the colors more vibrant.

and Three Red Trees



from the other shore

Homestead Grays Bridge from the other shore  The Monongahela river today.



and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.

neighborhood autumn clouds

Rainy Day Reflection

Trying to make an interesting photo on a rainy day.
Rainy Day Reflection

‘Twas The Night Before Picklesburgh – 35 Foot Pickle Balloon Tethered to Ninth Street Bridge- Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is Picklesburgh this weekend. It starts Friday.

There will be a pickle juice drinking contest. Mmmmm.  Maybe I can get down there and photograph some of the festivities. Heinz Pickles production

Here’s a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about it for more info.  Or a video from CBS with a ton more photos of the pickle balloon.

When I saw Picklesburgh listed in the news on the computer tonight, I got in the car (about 10:15) drove downtown and put the flashers on.  You couldn’t go on the main part of the bridge itself said the nice security man but I walked along the walkway and took a few photos of the giant pickle balloon at night.  I just thought there it would be some “fresh content” and a new topic. I hear there will be pickle cookies to eat.  All kinds of pickly treat to sample.

We can discuss dill, spears, sandwich slices, chips, bread and butter or sweet pickles another time.

I like pickle relish in tuna salad. Dill spears.

One summer I made pickles when I visited my brother David in Okanogan WA and they were delicious.

My grandmother’s handwritten pickle recipe is in a wooden box in my kitchen.

Two days of Picklesburgh and celebrating all things pickled.

Pickle Balloon UPMC Gulf Bldg

looking to the North ShorePickle Balloon

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge

The city at night is always magical to me.

Ninth Street Bridge.

Pickle City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

City at Night Ninth Street Bridge Patrol

Security on patrol.

Varied Architecture Downtown

Pittsburgh PA    Standard Life

Frank Lloyd Wright – Zeigler House- Guest Blog from Frankfort Kentucky

This afternoon my son Mark sent a few photos of the Zeigler House in Frankfort Kentucky.

Individual or group tours can be arranged with the homeowners (by appointment) and if you click the link above you can hear interviews of the owners telling what it is like to live there.

It is the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in Kentucky.

Here are the photos,  thanks Mark.

Zeigler House Frankfort KY



Historical Marker



back of historical marketYou can read an article written by Tom Eblen of the Lexington Herald-Leader Frankfort home is all that’s Wright in Kentucky

Elusive Light, How it Changes Everything

New York City- Christopher Street at Greenwich Street

Formerly the Federal Archives Building  built in 1899-  for the history click here



Pittsburgh Skyline, Incline and Sea of Fog

Pittsburgh in Fog

Made the decision to turn right at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel, go to Mount Washington and photograph the city in fog on the way to school this morning.

I thought the above shot was best with the gift of light on the incline car, as it prepared to head down the mountain. No tripod although there was a man with one.  I stabilized my camera on the iron fence.


Of course, the light changes every moment as the sunrises in the east.  All shots taken with 24-70 lens on the Canon 5D Mark ii




One vertical shot. Light and dark/ Cloud and shadow.

Trying to get the best view in the frame.

Being there. looking at the city in the fog,  was a magnificent experience. The limits of photography.

It felt like being in a plane but you’re standing on a concrete platform by the incline, looking at the city disappear in a foggy sea. Wasn’t it just last week I was photographing the icy river and the barge lane?  Today felt like early Spring.

IMG_9358Three young men agreed to let me capture their silhouettes. Thanks guys.  I’ll email them  the blog post link today.


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